Fish migration improvement is one of the aims of the SEPA River Basin Management Plan, supported by the Water Environment Fund. Lugton Water was identied as a suitable watercourse and the North Ayrshire Flooding section established a partnership with SEPA to deliver it.
The Garden Weir within Eglinton Country Park formed a barrier to the movement of Atlantic salmon, sea trout, European eels and lamprey. To facilitate migration and create a valuable educational resource, a decorate fish pass was installed in the centre of the weir with a simple eel pass on either side. The pass enables fish to cross the obstacle, increasing species diversity upstream.
Environmental improvements were also made to the area adjacent to the pass, with footpath improvements, surfacing and benches. With the addition of educational interpretation boards, this area will form the focal point of the pass. A newly created park app will provide more detailed information including 3D visualisation features.
This partnership project could not have been delivered without funding from the SEPA Water Environment Fund, the expertise of SEPA and support from the following partners: -
- Eglinton Country Park
- NAC Regeneration Team
- NAC Sustainability Team
- The Ayrshire Rivers Trust
- Skills development with East Ayrshire Woodlands